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-  1827 

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Colonel  Paul  Dudley  Sargent 


Sullivan,  Maine 

Col.  Sargent  was  born  at  Salem,  Mass.,  1745;  he  was  the 
son  of  Col.  Epes  Sargent,  of  Gloucester,  Mass.,  and  his  second 
wife,  Catherine  Winthrop,  widow  of  Samuel  Brown,  of  Salem, 
and  daughter  of  John  and  Ann  (Dudley)  Winthrop,  of  Boston, 
where  she  was  born.  Paul  Dudley  Sargent  resided  in  Gloucester, 
Amherst,  N.  H.,  Salem,  Boston,  and  Sullivan,  Me.,  where  he 
removed  about  1787.  His  business  was  that  of  a  merchant. 
The  Rev  olutionary  War  almost  ruined  him  financially.  He  had 
a  large  interest  in  vessels,  which  were  lost  by  capture  or  ship- 
wreck. He  was  said  to  have  been  one  of  those  who  planned 
the  Boston  Tea  Party.  He  was  an  intimate  friend  of  Lafayette. 
His  advanced  age  prevented  his  acceptance  of  the  invitation 
to  meet  Lafayette  at  Boston,  when  he  visited  this  country, 
in  1824. 

His  nephew,  Daniel  Sargent,  of  Boston,  under  date  of 
August  26,  1824,  writes:  "  *  *  Your  old  fellow  soldier,  Gen. 
Lafayette,  is  now  here,  and  I  have  just  had  the  pleasure  and 
honor  to  pay  my  respects  to  him."  Col.  Paul  Dudley  Sargent 
was  a  Revolutionary  pensioner,  and  his  pension  added  much 
to  the  comforts  of  his  old  age.  He  was  the  first  Chief  Justice 
of  the  Court  of  Common  Pleas;  the  first  Judge  of  Probate, 
a  Justice  of  the  Peace,  all  for  the  County  of  Hancock;  all 
of  the  commissions  were  signed  and  issued  by  Governor  Han- 

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Wife  of  Col.  Paul  Dudley  Sargent 

(From  a  Silhouetle) 

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cock  on  the  same  day.  He  was  the  first  Representative  to  the 
General  Court  from  Sullivan;  appointed  Postmaster  the 
twentieth  year  of  the  Independence  of  the  United  States. 
He  was  also  one  of  the  original  Overseers  of  Bowdoin  College, 

A  biographical  sketch  of  Col.  Sargent,  from  the  Boston 
Palladium,  1828,  is  here  given: 

"  Col.  Paul  Dudley  Sargent,  of  Sullivan,  Me.,  was  a  son  of 
the  late  Col.  Epes  Sargent,  of  Gloucester,  Mass.,  by  his  second 
wife,  who  was  the  widow  of  the  Hon.  Sam'l  Browne,  of  Salem; 
she  was  granddaughter  of  Gov.  Joseph  Dudley,  and  a  descen- 
dant of  Gov.  John  Winthrop. 

The  subject  of  this  memoir  was  born  in  Salem,  Mass.,  in 
the  year  1745,  and  was  brought  up  in  Gloucester,  where  he 
married  a  daughter  of  the  Hon.  Thos.  Saunders,  a  patriotic 
and  distinguished  member  of  the  Council  of  Massachusetts 
during  the  disputes  with  the  "  Mother  Country."  Paul 
Dudley  Sargent  was  an  early  asserter  of  the  rights  of  the 
colonies,  and  one  of  the  first  who  took  up  arms  in  their  defence. 

Being  in  Boston  in  the  year  1772,  he  had  the  honor  of  an 
invitation  to  be  present  at  a  meeting  of  that  celebrated  club  of 
patriots,  Hancock,  Samuel  Adams,  and  others  who  took  the 
lead  in  the  Revolution,  and  he  gladly  availed  himself  of  the 
opportunity.  The  question  which  was  debated  upon  that 
occasion,  was  the  organization  of  the  militia,  or  the  best  mode 
of  disposing  of  them,  and  it  was  determined  that  companies 
of  volunteers  or  minute  men  should  be  raised  and  disciplined. 
In  a  very  short  time  after  his  return  to  Gloucester,  a  company 
was  raised  there  which  he  joined,  and  in  the  formation  of  which 

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he  took  an  active  and  zealous  part;  but  having  become  obnox- 
ious to  the  Government  he  deemed  it  expedient,  with  the 
advice  of  some  of  his  friends,  to  remove  to  Amherst  in  New 
Hampshire,  where  he  soon  raised  and  trained  a  very  large 
company.    In  January,  1776,  he  was  chosen,  though  not  by  a 
duly  authorized  body,  commander  of  the  southern  part  of 
the  country,  while  Stark  was  chosen  commander  of  the  northern 
part.    In  a  few  hours  after  learning  that  the  British  had  pene- 
trated into  the  country  as  far  as  Lexington,  and  were  proceeding 
to  the  northward,  he  marched  with  about  three  hundred  men, 
and  in  the  evening  of  the  same  day  arrived  at  Concord  with 
one  thousand  strong,  where,  by  the  committee  of  safety  then 
sitting  there,  he  was  directed  to  remain  until  further  orders. 
Two  days  afterwards  he  was  ordered  to  Cambridge.    He  expec- 
ted to  obtain  a  Colonel's  Commission  from  the  General  Court 
of  New  Hampshire,  of  which  he  was  then  a  member,  but  was 
disappointed.     They  ordered  the  troops  to  be  put  under  the 
command  of  a  general  from  New  Hampshire.    Gen.  Ward  then 
took  him  to  Watertown,  where  the  Convention  of  Massachu- 
setts was  in  session,  and  represented  the  case  to  them.    Several 
of  the  leading  members,  as  well  as  Gen.  Ward,  took  a  lively 
interest  in  it,  and  altho'  the  full  number  of  commissions  had 
been  made  out  for  the  command  of  regiments,  the  convention 
determined  to  add  another  for  Mr.  Sargent.    He  soon  raised  a 
regiment,  and  had  an  advanced  post  assigned  him  at  Inman's 

At  the  time  of  the  Battle  of  Bunker  Hill  he  was  very  desir- 
ous of  joining  our  troops  there  with  his  regiment,  but  Gen. 
Ward,  apprehending  that  the  post  at  Inman's  farm  would  be 

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attacked,  did  not  think  it  advisable  to  permit  it.  The  General's 
apprehensions  proved  to  have  been  well  founded,  for  a  large 
schooner  full  of  men  attempted  to  get  up,  but  the  wind  being 
ahead  and  the  tide  turning,  prevented  her.  Col.  Sargent  then 
had  leave  to  join  the  troops  at  Bunker  Hill,  but  it  was  too 
late.  He  got  near  enough,  however,  to  receive  a  scratch  by  a 
four-pound  shot  from  a  gunboat  lying  at  Penny's  ferry.  After 
the  British  evacuated  Boston,  Gen.  Washington  ordered  him 
into  the  town  and  gave  him  command  of  the  Castle  under 
Gen.  Ward.  This  gave  him  the  command  of  all  the  boats 
that  could  be  procured,  by  which  means  he  protected  and  was 
greatly  instrumental  in  saving  the  valuable  powder  ship 
which  was  sent  in  by  the  brave  but  unfortunate  Capt.  Mugford. 
A  few  days  after,  he  took  with  him  two  hundred  men  and  two 
six-pound  cannon  to  Long  Island,  and  in  the  night  threw  up  a 
small  work.  At  daylight,  some  British  who  still  remained 
near  the  coast,  perceiving  the  work,  and  supposing  it  to  be  much 
stronger  than  it  was,  got  under  way  immediately  and  departed. 
Soon  after  he  was  ordered  to  New  York,  and  marched  from 
Boston  with  an  uncommonly  full  regiment.  On  his  arrival  he 
was  posted  at  Hurl  Gate,  where  he  had  a  battery  of  twelve 
eighteen-pounders.  The  British  threw  up  a  work  opposite  to 
him  on  Long  Island,  and  they  cannonaded  each  other  steadily 
and  constantly  for  seven  or  eight  days,  when  the  British 
landed  at  Turtle  Bay,  about  a  mile  below  the  American  Fort. 
He  was  then  ordered  by  Gen.  Washington  to  move  to  the  plain 
back  of  him,  there  form  in  order  to  cover  the  retreat  of  part 
of  the  army,  and  wait  further  orders.  This  order  was  duly 
and  happily  executed ;  the  British  were  formed  in  front  of  him, 
about  a  mile  distant,  but  did  not  choose  to  attack  him.    He 

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remained  on  the  ground  until  night,  when  he  was  ordered  on 
to  Harlem  Heights.  At  this  time  he  was  commander  of  a  very 
strong  brigade,  as  Col.  Commandant.  In  the  skirmish  at  that 
place  a  number  of  his  men  were  killed  and  wounded,  several 
of  them  on  each  side,  and  very  near  him.  The  next  day  he 
was  ordered  to  retire  over  King's  Bridge  to  West  Chester, 
and  from  thence  he  was  ordered  to  White  Plains,  where  he 
performed  very  severe  duty,  and  by  hard  fighting  and  sickness 
lost  a  large  number  of  his  men.  He  finally  became  sick  himself, 
and  was  obliged  to  leave  camp  for  a  number  of  weeks.  On 
returning  to  the  army  at  Peekskill,  he  found  an  order  to  join 
Gen.  Washington  in  Pennsylvania,  under  the  command  of 
Gen.  Lee.  They  crossed  the  river  at  King's  Ferry,  December 
2,  1776,  and  marched  without  making  much  progress  until 
the  13th,  when  a  party  of  British  Light  Horse  surprised  and 
carried  off  the  General,  who  lodged  at  a  house  about  three 
miles  from  his  troops.  Immediately  upon  being  informed  of 
the  facts.  Col.  Sargent  took  about  seventy  picked  men  and 
went  in  pursuit  of  them,  following  their  tracks  for  seven  or 
eight  miles  but  without  success.  The  troops  then  marched 
on  with  speed  under  Gen.  Sullivan,  and  joined  Gen.  Washing- 
ton on  the  23d  of  December.  Two  days  afterward  they  were 
ordered  on  the  famous  expedition  to  Trenton.  Col.  Sargent's 
brigade  was  in  the  division  which  succeeded  in  getting  over 
the  river,  and  did  itself  much  honor  on  that  memorable  and 
auspicious  day.  He  was  in  the  second  affair  at  Trenton,  and 
also  in  the  engagements  with  the  British  regiments  coming 
out  of  Princeton. 

After  the  brilliant  victories  at  Trenton  and  Princeton  (as 
they  were  then  called  on  account  of  their  beneficial  and  import- 

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ant  effects),  Gen.  Washington  led  his  army  into  a  place  of  secur- 
ity in  order  to  give  them  the  rest  which  they  so  much  needed, 
and  at  this  tim^^Col.  Sargent  returned  home.  He  then  engaged 
in  privateering  with  the  same  spirit  and  activity  which  he 
had  shown  in  the  army,  and  previously,  from  the  commence- 
ment of  the  disputes  with  Great  Britain.  A  respectable 
gentleman  in  this  commonwealth  (Massachusetts),  now  living, 
who  was  attached  to  his  regiment,  and  afterwards  to  his  brigade, 
and  from  whom  a  part  of  the  information  contained  in  this 
memoir  has  been  obtained,  speaks  in  the  highest  terms  of  his 
patriotism,  bravery  and  services.  He  was  lavish  of  his  money 
as  well  as  of  his  time  and  health  in  promoting  the  general 

When  peace  took  place  he  resumed  his  business  as  a  mer- 
chant, but  like  many,  if  not  the  most  of  the  American  mer- 
chants of  that  day,  he  was  unfortunate.  He  retired  to  a  small 
farm  at  Sullivan,  in  the  District  (now  State)  of  Maine,  where 
he  lived  many  years  enjoying  the  respect  and  esteem  of  his 
friends,  neighbors  and  fellow  citizens.  He  represented  his 
town  in  the  General  Court,  and  was  honored  by  appointments 
to  a  number  of  civil  offices  under  the  government  of  the  com- 
monwealth and  of  the  United  States.  He  took  a  lively  interest 
in  passing  events,  to  the  day  of  his  death  and  rejoiced  in  the, 
welfare  of  his  country.  He  left  a  widow  and  a  large  number 
of  descendants." 

Colonel  Sargent  died  in  Sullivan,  September  28,  1828. 
He  married  in  Gloucester,  Mass.,  November  12,  1772,  Lucy, 
the  daughter  of  Hon.  Thomas  and  Lucy  (Smith)  Saunders. 
She  was  born  November  24, 1752,  and  died  in  Sullivan,  October, 

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COLON  EL    PA   UL    D  UDLE  Y    SA  RGENT 

From  a  Nonagenarian 

Concerning  Col.  Paul  Dudley  Sargent  and  his  daughter, 
Mrs.  Julia  Sargent  Johnson. 

This  record  is  found  in  a  little  booklet  that  belonged  to 
Dr.  Winthrop  Sargent,  and  after  his  death  was  found  among 
his  papers  by  his  son,  Winthrop  Sargent. 


"In  Weathersfield.  Conn.,  June  30th,  1877,  Mrs. 

Julia  Sargent,  widow  of  the  late  Dr.  A.  Johnson, 

aged  ninety-two  years." 

Something  more  than  a  passing  obituary  may  be  allowed, 
even  in  these  busy  days,  to  one  who  was  the  last  link  between 
her  own,  and  the  present  generation;  whose  reminiscences  of 
childhood  stretched  back  into  the  eighteenth  century;  who 
could,  through  father  and  son,  lay  a  hand  on  each  of  our  great 
national  conflicts;  who  could  give  delight  to  children  and 
grandchildren  by  tales  drawn  from  personal  recollections  of 
refugees  of  the  French  Revolution,  and  who  remembered 
Prince  Talleyrand  as  a  guest  at  her  father's  table. 

Mrs.  Johnson  was  the  youngest  but  one  of  a  family  of 
seven  daughters  and  two  sons,  with  whom  in  the  year  1788, 
Colonel  Paul  Dudley  Sargent  and  his  wife  Lucy  Saunders 
removed  from  Boston  to  Sullivan,  Maine. 

root    Ihirlx'^ 

COLO  N  EL    PAUL    DUDLEY    S  A  RG  E  N  T 

Ancestor  of  the  Gloucester  Sargenis 

{From  a  portrait  hy  Copley) 

I'agc  I'ourtccn 


Paul  Dudley  was  the  eldest  son  of  Epes  Sargent  by  a  second 
marriage,  his  mother  being  a  descendant  of  Gov.  Winthrop 
and  granddaughter  of  Gov.  Dudley.  Col.  Sargent  had  com- 
manded one  of  the  nineteen  regiments  which  constituted 
General  Washington's  camp  in  Cambridge,  in  July,  1775,  and 
at  times  shared  with  the  young  Marquis  de  Lafayette  the 
honor  of  aid-de-camp  to  the  Greneral. 

Regiments  in  those  days  were  not  up  to  the  present  regula- 
tion number,  and  Col.  Sargent's  (not  the  least)  numbered 
one  hundred  and  ninety-two  men. 

To  these  he  supplied  shoes  and  other  garments,  at  his  own 
expense,  and  after  serving  honorably  more  than  three  years 
retired  from  the  army,  having  sacrificed  nearly  all  of  his 
private  fortune  in  the  cause  of  the  Young  Republic. 

There  are  also  family  traditions  of  East  India  merchandise, 
taken  when  nearly  in  port,  by  English  privateers,  which  so 
exhausted  his  resources  that  he  was  induced,  at  the  age  of 
forty-four,  to  make  for  himself  and  family  a  humble  home  on 
the  coast  of  Maine,  where  he  lived  to  the  age  of  eight-three 
years  in  greatly  reduced  circumstances.  Sullivan,  on  French- 
man's Bay,  is  unsurpassed  for  natural  beauty  on  the  whole 
New  England  Coast,  but  of  schools  or  teachers  or  social  advan- 
tages there  was  nothing  to  compensate  the  rising  family  for  all 
they  had  left  in  Boston.  But  the  Colonel  had  brought  with 
him  a  good  library  and  there  was  much  reading  of  historians 
and  poets,  and  much  sharpening  of  wits  one  against  the  other, 
by  these  young  people  also  much  visiting  back  and  forth  by 
bridle  roads  between  them  and  "  Fountain  Leval,"  a  colony 
of  French  refugees  on  the  same  coast,  with  occasional  and  some- 

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times  prolonged  visits  to  Boston  relatives;  and  so  it  came  to 
pass  that  the  seven  daughters  all  grew  up  into  intelligent  and 
accomplished  women,  holding  their  own  in  society  everywhere, 
and  their  numerous  descendants  are  now  filling  honorable 
positions  throughout  the  land. 

Among  the  remnants  of  family  correspondence  is  a  letter 
from  a  nephew,  Daniel  Sargent,  (brother  of  the  late  Lucius 
Manlius,  whose  father  was  half  brother  to  Paul  Dudley)  dated 
August  26,  1824,  in  which  he  says:  "  I  yesterday  went  to  visit 
the  family  of  our  late  cousin  Epes. 

"  They  inquired  and  talked  about  you,  and  Mrs.  Sargent 
was  particularly  desirous  to  know  if  the  Government  has 
restored  to  you  your  pension.  I  promised  her  that  I  would  ask 
the  question,  and  I  hope  I  may  be  able  to  say  '  yes  '  ". 

He  also  asks  if  his  uncle  has  received  a  remittance  of  money, 
"  from  your  niece  and  my  cousin,  Mrs.  Powell,"  and  goes  on, 
"  your  old  fellow  soldier.  General  Lafayette,  is  now  here  and 
I  have  just  had  the  pleasure  and  honor  to  pay  my  respects 
to  him.  You  doubtless  see  by  the  papers  how  cordially  and 
gratefully  he  is  everywhere  received." 

In  reply  Col.  Sargent  says  that  his  name  is  not  replaced  on 
the  pension  list  though  he  has  taken  every  step  possible  in  that 
direction,  save  perjury,  that  he  did  not  receive  Mrs.  Powell's 
remittance,  says,  "  It  would  be  a  pleasure  to  pay  my  compli- 
ments to  General  Lafayette,  but  it  is  debarred  m.e,"  and 
fervently  thanks  his  Boston  relatives  for  their  interest  in  and 
kindness  to  "  one  who  is  but  an  inch  from  the  tomb,"  that  his 
health  "is  as  good  as  one  of  seventy-nine  years  of  age  can 
reasonably  expect,"  that  he  enjoys  his  "  bowl  of  bread  and 

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prayed  with  old  Mrs.  Sanders  at  Capt.  Gibbs.'  (This  Mrs. 
Sanders  was  mother  to  Mrs.  Gibbs.)  Joseph  left  an  only  son, 
Thomas,  who  was  born  at  Pleasant  Point,  George's  River, 
June  17th,  1753.  On  the  death  of  his  father  he  was  taken  into 
the  family  of  his  kinswoman,  Mrs.  Gibbs,  wife  of  Daniel 
Gibbs,  she  being  sister  of  Thomas  Sanders  (3)  by  whom  the 
expenses  of  his  education  were  defrayed.  Concerning  Capt. 
Gibbs,  we  read  that  he  was  a  merchant.  In  his  will  proved 
April  8,  1762  he  gave  to  his  two  half  sisters,  Mary  and  Letitia 
Archibald,  twenty  shillings  each  and  to  his  wife  the  rest  of  his 
property.  Rev.  Samuel  Chandler's  records  speak  of  Daniel 
Gibbs  as  being  very  ill  on  March  10th  and  20th,  and  on  the 
21st  "  was  sent  for  to  Capt.  Gibbs';  found  him  dying;  attended 
him  till  he  died,  about  8  o'clock  in  the  evening,"  and  on  the 
24th  of  March,  1762,  he  attended  his  funeral.  Rev.  Jabez 
Bailey,  says  in  his  journal:  "  This  evening  had  an  interview 
with  Esq.  Gibbs,  who  behaved  toward  me  with  a  degree  of 
complaisance  I  had  always  been  unaccustomed  to,  though  I 
must  acknowledge  I  have  had  my  share  of  extraordinary 
caresses  from  several  persons  who  have  been  in  exalted  stations. 
I  was  pleased  with  this  gentleman's  aversion  to  rusticity  and 
profaneness."  Mrs.  Gibbs  died  January  27,  1769.  By  her  will 
she  gave  most  of  her  property  to  Thomas  Sanders,  3rd,  her 
nephew,  and  wished  that  he  might  have  a  liberal  education. 
She  also  made  bequests  to  Mary  Sanders,  sister  of  Thomas, 
and  to  Mary  Edgar.  She  left  an  estate  of  2,269  pounds.  Thomas 
Sanders  graduated  at  Harvard,  1772,  and  excepting  occasional 
employment  during  the  war  in  privateering,  is  believed  to 
spent  his  whole  after  life  in  teaching  school.     After  keeping 

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COLONEL    PAUL    DUDLEY    S  A  RG  E  N  T     ___ 

the  town  school  for  several  years  he  was  hired  by  a  number  of 
individuals,  who  erected  the  building  long  known  as  the 
Proprietors'  School  House,  to  take  charge  of  a  select  school. 
He  had  been  in  their  employment  but  a  short  time  when,  in 
consequence  of  severe  and  unmerited  censure  of  his  course  as  a 
teacher,  a  depression  of  spirits  was  brought  on  and  induced  such 
a  state  of  mind  as  caused  him  to  put  an  end  to  his  existence, 
April  23d,  1795.  He  lived  in  a  house  which  stood  on  or  near 
the  lot  on  which  the  City  Hall  now  stands.  At  the  back  side 
of  the  house  was  a  well,  at  the  bottom  of  which  his  body  was 
found  and  into  which  he  fell  or  threw  himself  after  committing 
the  deed  which  ended  his  life.  He  was  lamented  as  a  capable 
and  faithful  teacher  and  an  excellent  man.  His  mother  married 
David  Ingersol  for  a  second  husband  and  his  only  sister  Mary, 
married  Eben  Hough,  a  shipmaster  in  Gloucester,  who  died 
about  1793.  As  soon  as  Thomas  had  graduated  from  college 
at  the  age  of  nineteen  he  married  his  cousin  Judith,  daughter 
of  Hon.  Thomas  Sanders.  They  had  a  number  of  children, 
one  of  which,  Lucy,  became  the  wife  of  Rev.  Stephen  Farley, 
of  Atkinson,  N.  H.,  and  another,  Joseph,  of  Philadelphia. 

John,  the  third  son  of  Thomas  Sanders  (3)  married  Hannah, 
daughter  of  Elder  James  Sayward,  January  23,  1753,  and  died 
after  six  years'  illness.  Besides  two  daughters  he  had  a  son, 
John,  born  October  24,  1753,  who  married ,  Jemima  Parsons, 
May  12,  1757.  He  was  a  sea  captain  and  died  October  24, 
1807;    she  died  at  the  age  of  eighty-one. 

4.  Thomas  Sanders,  2nd,  our  ancestor,  was  son  of  Thomas 
Sanders,  1st  and  Abigail  Curney,  and  was  born  March  20, 1704, 
He  married  Judith,  daughter  of  Captain  Andrew  Robinson 

Pagr  thirty 


(which  line  see),  in  1728  and  died  October  24,  1774,  aged 
seventy;  she  died  August  30,  1770,  aged  sixty-six.  He  was 
generally  known  as  "  Captain  "  Thomas  Sanders  and  was 
commissioned  as  lieutenant  of  the  sloop  "  Merry-meeting  "  in 
1725  and  passed  a  large  portion  of  his  life  in  the  service  of  the 
Province  as  commander  of  a  Government  vessel.  On  one  of 
his  voyages  to  the  eastward  he  was  taken  by  a  party  of  French 
and  Indians.  Under  the  guise  of  a  happy  and  contented  appear- 
ance he  allayed  all  their  apprehensions  of  his  escape,  and  at 
Owl's  Head  took  an  opportunity,  when  they  w^re  sound  asleep, 
to  abscond  with  their  bag  of  money  amounting  to  about  two 
hundred  dollars.  This  he  hid  under  a  log  and  then  made  his 
way  to  the  fort  at  St.  George's.  Many  years  afterwards, 
returning  from  Louisburg,  with  General  Amherst  on  board, 
he  related  the  adventure  to  that  officer,  and,  becoming  be- 
calmed near  Owl's  Head,  requested  the  General  to  go  on  shore 
with  him  and  assist  in  looking  for  the  money.  The  latter  was 
somewhat  doubtful  about  the  story  but  complied  and  soon 
after  they  had  reached  the  shore  saw  Sanders  lay  his  hand  upon 
the  prize.  In  January  1745,  he  sent  a  memorial  to  the 
Governor  urging  his  inability  to  support  himself,  and  to  get 
good  able-bodied  men  to  nagivate  the  Province  sloop  under  the 
scanty  allowance  made  them,  and  praying  for  an  addition  to 
the  wages  of  himself  and  company,  and  to  the  allowance 
for  the  hire  of  the  Sloop  "  Massachusetts."  The  Governor, 
in  communicating  the  memorial  to  the  House  of  Representatives 
says,  "  I  am  satisfied  with  the  reasonableness  of  Captain 
Sanders'  request,  and  am  extremely  loath  to  lose  so  experienced 
and  faithful  an  officer.    I  must  desire  you  would  give  him  such 

I'ligr    Ihirli/-n7\e 


relief  as  may  make  him  easy  in  the  service."  The  wages  and 
pay  referred  to  were  —  for  the  sloop,  five  shillings  a  ton  per 
month;  for  the  captain,  five  pounds  per  month;  to  the  mate 
a  trifle  less,  and  to  the  sailors,  fifty  shillings  per  month  each. 

Captain  Sanders  was  engaged  in  the  expedition  to  Cape 
Breton  the  same  year,  and  during  the  siege  had  command 
of  the  transports  in  Chapeau  Rouge  Bay.  In  many  respects 
the  adventurous  life  of  Capt.  Sanders  resembled  that  of  his 
wife's  father,  the  noted  Captain  Andrew  Robinson,  both 
having  been  captured  by  the  Indians,  and  both  making  their 
escape.  In  the  diary  of  Rev.  Samuel  Chandler  we  find  frequent 
mention  of  his  enjoying  the  hospitality  of  Capt.  Sanders,  and 
in  the  entry  for  July  1,  1750,  we  read  that  on  his  way  home  to 
dinner  he  found  a  "  large  rattle  snake  killed  today  at  the 
flat  rock  with  twelve  rattles;  'twas  laid  across  the  wall  by  Mr. 
Whites;  we  went  out  and  cut  off  the  head  and  buried  it; 
afternoon  we  went  in  the  chaise  to  Capt.  Sanders,  he  at  home; 
drank  punch  and  tea  there;  he  was  very  courteous,  desired  me 
to  frequent  his  house,  the  oftener  the  better."  Later  we  find 
the  record  showing  that  Capt.  Sanders  was  taking  steps  to 
join  the  First  Parish  Church,  as  follows:  January  1,  1762. 
Very  cold;  visited  at  Captain  Thomas  Sanders';  had  much 
free  conversation  with  him;  he  is  inclined  to  come  to  com- 
munion and  Baptism.  January  2.  Exceedingly  cold;  went 
again  to  Capt.  Sanders';  wrote  his  relation."  This  was  a 
customary  preliminary  to  receiving  church  membership.  A 
public  notice  of  his  death  says,  "  He  was  a  gentleman  well 
respected  among  those  who  had  the  honor  of  his  acquaintance, 
and  died  greatly  lamented."    He  had  eleven  children  of  whom 

Payf  thirty-tua 


feet.'    Her  industry  in  those  last  years  was  wonderful.    In  the 
month  that  completed  her  ninety-first  year,  when  the  weather 
was  oppressively  hot,  she  knit  seven  long  stockings  and  the 
eighth  a  few  days  afterwards,  and  the  winter  before  her  death, 
when  she  had  knit  little  mittens  and  pretty  little  stockings 
almost  innumerable  for  her  grandchildren  and  great-grand- 
children and  still  begged  for  more  work,  Mr.  Adams  said  to  her, 
*  Mother,  you  and  I  will  form  a  society  for  the  benefit  of  poor 
boys.    I  will  furnish  the  yarn  and  you  shall  do  the  knitting.' 
The  yarn  was  provided  and  for  sometime  it  was  very  quiet  in 
mother's  room,  but  at  the  end  of  fourteen  working  days,  a 
little  package  of  seven  pairs  of  mittens  appeared  one  morning 
on  the  library  table,  and  at  the  end  of  another  fourteen  days 
another  package  of  the  same  number,  so  that  in  twenty-eight 
days  she  had  knit  twenty-eight  mittens  for  the  poor  little 
outsiders.     Her  last  work,  finished  about  three  weeks  before 
her  death,  was  the  knitting  of  three  pairs  of  stockings  for  a 
Home  Missionary  box." 

And  so  with  a  character  chastened  and  beautified  more  and 
more  as  the  years  had  passed  on,  with  a  scarcely  perceptible 
dimming  on  the  intellectual  faculties,  though  the  outward 
senses  were  somewhat  worn  and  blunted,  with  undiminished 
affection  for  her  surviving  descendants,  having  just  caressed 
the  little  one  of  the  fourth  generation— not  knowing  that  it 
was  the  last  time,  and  spared  the  pain  of  conscious  leave- 
taking— she  fell  asleep  to  awake  in  the  light  of  God, 

Page  luenly-om 

COLO  N  EL    PA   U  L    DUDLEY    S  A  RG  E  N  T 

"  Oh!   honored  beloved, 

To  earth  unconfined 

Thou  hast  soared  on  high 

Thou  hast  left  us  behind. 

But  our  parting  is  not  forever; 

We  will  follow  thee  by  Heaven's  light, 

Where  the  grave  cannot  dissever 

The  Souls  whom  God  will  unite." 

In  reviewing  her  old  age,  the  greatest  regret  of  her  children 
is  that  she  was  so  strictly  and  persistently  self-abnegative. 
Never  permitting  herself  any  indulgence  or  allowing  anything 
to  be  done  for  her  which  she  could  by  any  possibility  do  for 
herself,  it  seems  like  a  triumph  for  her  that  with  her  own  hand 
she  helped  to  prepare  her  bed  the  last  time  that  such  prepara- 
tion was  needful  for  her. 

Wakefield,  Mass.,  August,  1877. 

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Col.  Paul  Dudley  Sargent,  late  of  Sullivan,  Maine,  was  a 
son  of  Col.  Epes  Sargent,  formerly  of  Gloucester,  Mass.,  by 
his  second  wife,  widow  of  Hon.  Samuel  Brown,  of  Salem.  Her 
father  was  John  Winthrop,  F.  R.  S.,  her  mother  was  Ann  Dud- 
ley, granddaughter  of  Gov.  (Thomas)  Dudley,  and  daughter 
of  Gov.  Joseph  Dudley. 

John  Winthrop,  F.  R.  S.,  was  son  of  Wait  Still  Winthrop, 
grandson  of  Gov.  John  Winthrop,  of  Conn.,  and  great  grandson 
of  Gov.  John  Winthrop,  of  Massachusetts  Bay,  the  first 
Governor  of  the  Colonies. 

Col.  Paul  Dudley  Sargent  was  born  in  Salem,  Mass.,  in 
1745,  married  Lucy  Saunders,  daughter  of  Thomas  Saunders, 
of  Salem  (?)  a  patriotic  and  distinguished  member  of  the 
Council  of  Massachusetts  during  the  dispute  with  the  mother 
country.  His  wife,  mother  of  Lucy  Saunders,  was  eldest  daugh- 
ter of  Rev.  Thomas  Smith,  of  Portland,  Maine. 

The  biographer  of  Rev.  Thomas  Smith  says,  "  The  most 
prominent  figure  in  our  history  through  the  greater  part  of 
the  eighteenth  century  was  the  Rev.  Thomas  Smith,  the  first 
ordained  minister  after  the  settlement  of  the  town.  For  a  long 
course  of  years  he  was  the  most  distinguished  preacher  in  this 
part  of  the  country;  for  many  years  the  only  physician  in 
town.  He  lived  under  the  reign  of  four  sovereigns,  and  the 
presidency  of  George  Washington,  dying  in  the  year  1795,  in 
the  ninety-fourth  year  of  his  age,  after  a  ministry  with  the 
people  of  Portland  of  sixty-eight  years  and  two  months." 

Thomas  Sanders  was  born  in  Gloucester;  married  about 
1752,  Lucy,  daughter  of  Rev.  Thomas  Smith,  of  Portland; 
and  died  January  10,  1774,  aged  forty-five.  It  was  his  son 
Thomas,  born  in  1759,  who  settled  in  Salem,  and  died  a  wealthy 
citizen  of  that  place,  June  5,  1844. 

Winthrop  Sargent,  M.  D. 

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1.  John  Sanders  or  Saunders,  the  immigrant  ancetoi's, 
was  born  in  England;  came  to  Ipswich  in  1635  or  earlier,  but 
is  first  mentioned  at  that  date.  Was  admitted  freeman  in 
1643.  He  removed  to  Hampton,  N.  H.,  about  1643,  and  sold 
land  there  to  Henry  Dow.  He  had  a  house  lot  in  Ipswich, 
between  Mr.  Sewall's  and  Saltonstall's  garden  at  the  mill; 
he  sold  land  at  the  Meadows  in  Ipswich  in  1639.  This  lot  is 
easily  identified  with  the  lot  bounded  on  the  three  sides  by  the 
Green,  North  Main  and  Summer  Streets.  We  also  find  mention 
of  Sanders'  brook,  which  was  on  the  road  leading  to  Topsfield. 
He  was  fined  for  using  "  indiscreet  words  "  in  1643,  at  Hampton, 
and  soon  afterward  settled  at  Cape  Porpoise  (Kennebunk- 
port),  Me.  He  had  six  "  little  children  "  according  to  the  court 
records  of  Hampton,  in  the  case  mentioned.    He  married  Ann 

.     He  bought  land  in  Wells,  Me.,  August  20,  1645,  of 

Ezekiel  Knight;  but  his  first  purchase  in  Maine  appears  to 
be  two  years  earlier,  July  14,  1645,  of  the  patentee.  Sir  Ferdi- 
nando  Gorges,  one  hundred  and  fifty  acres,  between  Little  River 
and  Cape  Porpoise,  in  Wells,  and  fifty  acres  in  the  vicinity. 
Flewellyn,  son  of  Sagamore  Sosavan,  confirmed  the  sale  of 
lands  by  his  father  (Indian  chief),  to  John  Sanders,  Sr.,  John 
Bush  and  Peter  Tarbutt,  land  above  Wells  and  Cape  Porpoise, 

Pftj/c  tivenly-fonr 

COLONEL    PA   U  L    DUDLEY    S  A  RG  E  N  T 

between  the  cape  and  a  line  four  miles  west  of  Saco  River. 
Sanders  bought  land  of  Peter  Tarbutt,  December  16,  1663. 

John  Sanders  died  in  1670.  His  widow  and  eldest  son, 
Thomas,  deeded  land  adjoining  Symond  Bussey  and  Nicholas 
Cole  to  Andrew  Alger,  October  21,  1670.  Children:  1.  Thomas 
lived  in  Arundel,  sold  land  in  Falmouth  in  1732;  2.  John, 
mentioned  below;    3.  Elizabeth;    three  others. 

2.  John  Sanders,  son  of  John  Sanders  (1)  was  born  about 
1640.     He  settled  at  Cape  Porpoise  with  his  father  when  a 

child.     He  was  a  fisherman.     He  married  Mary .     His 

father  was  known  as  John,  Sr.,  in  1663.  John,  Jr.  sold  land  to 
Brian  Pendleton,  of  Winter  Harbor,  at  Cape  Porpoise,  south- 
west of  Long  Cove,  October  6,  1673,  being  then  married.  The 
consideration  was  three  pounds  in  peas  and  wheat.  He  died 
about  1700,  and  about  1702  his  family  located  in  Gloucester, 
driven  from  home,  probably  by  the  Indian  troubles  of  that 
period.  The  history  of  Gloucester  intimates  that  the  family 
came  direct  from  England.  That  is  an  error.  Nathaniel 
Sanders,  of  Gloucester,  quitclaimed  his  share  of  his  father's 
estate  to  his  brother  in  law,  Jonathan  S.  Springer,  March  9, 
1713-14.  Mary  Sanders  Pease  and  her  husband,  Samuel 
Pease  did  likewise,  March  10,  1713-14,  the  property  being  at 
Cape  Porpoise  as  mentioned  above.  The  widow  Mary  died  at 
Gloucester,  December  21,  1717,  aged  sixty  years.  The  children 
were:  1.  John,  lost  at  sea  February  17,  1736,  on  a  voyage  to 
the  Isle  of  Sable,  married;  2.  Nathaniel,  had  four  sons,  Nathan- 
iel, John,  Joseph  and  David,  and  five  daughters;  3.  Captain 
Thomas  (see  below);  4.  Edward,  died  1759,  shipwright  at 
Gloucester,   left  four  sons  and   three  daughters;    5.   Joseph, 

I'agf  ticenly-Jice 

COLO  N  EL    PAUL    DUDLEY    S  A  RG  E  N  T 

married  January  1,  1735  and  had  son,  Nathaniel,  born  June  28, 
1736.  Joseph  was  lost  at  sea  with  his  brother  John,  both  had 
posthumous  sons;  6.  Mary,  married  Samuel  Pease;  7.  Eliza- 
beth, married  Johnathan  Springer  and  from  that  marriage 
Thomas  Todd,  my  brother-in-law  is  descended. 

For  much  of  the  following  we  are  indebted  to  Babson's 
history  of  Gloucester.  "  The  first  persons  bearing  the  name  of 
Sanders  appear  in  town  in  1702.  They  were  shipwrights,  and 
were  attracted  thither,  without  doubt,  by  the  great  activity 
with  which  the  business  of  shipbuilding  began  to  be  carried  on 
about  that  time.  The  family  apparently  consisted  of  the 
widowed  mother,  Mary,  and  her  seven  children,  John,  Nathan- 
iel, Thomas,  Edward,  Joseph,  Mary  and  Elizabeth;  the  latter 
married  Jonathan  Springer,  and  Mary  was  married  to  Samuel 
Pease.  Joseph  died  November  18,  1712,  and  his  mother  was 
appointed  administratrix  of  his  estate  July  30,  1716,  but  died 
before  completing  the  trust,  and  his  brother  Thomas  was  made 
administrator  de  bonis  non.  The  whole  amount  received  by 
him  was  eighty-nine  pounds  twelve  shillings,  the  larger  part  of 
which  w^as  recovered  at  law,  which  occasioned  the  "expense 
at  court  to  be  very  great,"  so  that  the  six  brothers  and  sisters, 
his  heirs,  got  only  about  six  pounds  each.  Of  John,  the  first- 
named  brother,  I  can  say  no  more.  (According  to  the  record 
found  in  the  Todd-Wheeler  genealogy,  noted  on  the  preceding 
page,  this  Joseph  was  one  of  two  brothers  lost  at  sea,  but  the 
account  given  below  would  make  this  a  mistake.)  Nathaniel 
had  five  daughters  and  four  sons:  Nathaniel,  was  born  1705, 
died  September  27,  1717;  John,  March  13,  1707;  Joseph,  Oc- 
tober 17,  1708,  and  David,  1715.     This  John  I  suppose  to  be 

Pagi  twcnty-sii 


the  one  who  married  Mary  DolHver,  December  1,  1736,  by 
whom  a  son  was  born  August  7,  1737.  His  brother  Joseph  was 
probably  the  same  who  married  Mary  Stevens,  January  1, 
1735,  and  had  a  son,  Nathaniel,  born  June  29,  1736.  I  know 
not  who,  if  not  these  two  brothers,  were  the  sufferers  by  a 
disaster  at  sea,  mentioned  in  our  records,  though  it  is  difficult 
to  reconcile  the  dates,  unless  there  is  an  omission  of  double 
dating  according  to  the  custom  of  the  time."  Rev.  Samuel 
Chandler  says  in  his  Diary:  "  Joseph  Sanders  and  John  Sanders 
went  away  in  February,  1736,  for  Isle  of  Sables,  and  had  not 
been  heard  of  26th  of  August  following;  supposed  to  have  been 
run  down  presently  after  they  went  out  in  a  schooner  belonging 
to  Epes  Sargent,  Esq." 

The  Todd-Wheeler  record  previously  given  assumes  that 
it  was  John  and  Joseph,  sons  of  John  and  Mary,  who  were 
thus  lost,  but  they  would  both  have  been  men  well  past  middle 
life,  while  the  two  mentioned  by  Babson  v^'ould  be  young  men 
and  apt  to  go  on  a  fishing  voyage,  and  the  statement  that 
they  left  posthumous  sons,  could  only  apply  to  these  latter. 

3.  Thomas  Sanders,  son  of  John  (2)  and  his  wife,  Mary, 
married  Abigail  Curney,  on  January  12,  1703.  He  died  July 
17,  1742,  aged  sixty,  and  she  died  February  12,  1767,  aged  nine- 
ty. If  these  dates  are  correct  she  must  have  been  several  years 
older  than  he.  Of  the  Curney  family  we  learn  but  little: 
John  Curney  married  Abigail  Skelling  in  November,  1670, 
and  came  from  Falmouth,  Me.,  to  Gloucester,  where  in  1671  he 
had  a  grant  of  half  an  acre  of  land  where  his  house  was  stand- 
ing. He  died  May  4,  1725,  aged  eighty.  She  died  February 
15,  1722,  aged  seventy. 

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In  March,  1704,  he  had  of  the  commoners  an  acre  of  ground 
between  the  head  of  the  Harbor  and  Cripple  Cove;  and,  in 
1706,  a  piece  of  flats  below  where  he  built  vessels.  He  was  a 
shipwright  himself,  and  carried  on  the  business  of  shipbuilding 
extensively.  From  the  frequent  occurrence  of  his  name  in 
connection  with  grants  of  ship  timber  it  is  evident  that  he  was 
a  man  of  great  enterprise.  In  1725  he  commanded  the 
Government  sloop  "  Merry-meeting."  He  had  three  sons  and 
four  daughters.  Thomas,  born  March  20,  1704  (see  below); 
Abigail,  June  29,  1705,  married  Peter  Dolliver;  Joseph,  Feb- 
ruary 21,  1707;  Mary,  March  10,  1709,  married  Daniel  Gibbs; 
John,  June  14,  1711;  Lydia,  March  24,  1714,  married  Daniel 
Witham,  and  Elizabeth,  April  10,  1717,  who  married  Zebulon 
Witham,  and  died  November  27,  1767.  Thomas  Sanders 
left  a  clear  estate  of  3,160  pounds;  one  of  the  largest  that  had 
been  accumulated  in  town  at  the  date  of  death  in  1742. 

Joseph,  second  son  of  Thomas  Sanders  (3)  and  brother  of 
Thomas,  Jr.,  was  a  sea  captain,  and  had  a  wife,  Elizabeth. 
He  died  of  small  pox  on  his  passage  from  Ireland  to  Boston, 
June  25,  1732,  leaving  an  only  child,  Joseph,  born  September, 
1730,  who  married  Martha  Henderson  September  9,  1752, 
and  was  drowned  on  his  passage  to  George's  River,  Me.,  April 
6,  1757.  His  wife  and  son  were  in  Gloucester  at  the  time,  for 
we  find  in  the  diary  of  Rev.  Samuel  Chandler  the  following 
entry:  1757,  April  21.  Just  after  meeting  I  was  sent  for  to 
Capt.  Winthrop  Sargent's;  his  child  dangerously  sick;  I 
prayed  with  it  and  it  died  in  a  few  minutes;  then  went  to  Capt. 
Gibbs,'  at  his  desire  went  to  carry  the  news  to  Mrs.  Sanders, 
of  the  death  of  her  husband,  drowned  at  sea;  then  visited  and 

Pnyc  iwcntti-dyhi 


milk  with  berries."  That  he  does  not  suffer  from  the  want  of 
luxuries,  but,  "  I  know  not  what  your  aunt  would  do  if  it  were 
not  for  the  kindness  of  our  children.  Her  health  is  fast  declining 
and  it  cannot  be  long  that  either  of  us  will  stand  in  need  of 
temporal  comforts. 

That  we  may  be  fit  for  the  blessed  rest  is  our  utmost  wish." 

At  a  later  period,  through  the  kind  intervention  of  his  Boston 
friends,  his  pension  was  restored  and  this  added  to  the  comforts 
of  his  old  age.  The  children  to  whose  generosity  he  refers  were 
John  Sargent,  late  of  Calais,  Maine,  and  Julia,  who  was  now 
the  wife  of  Dr.  A.  Johnson,  both  settled  within  a  stone's  throw 
of  their  parents.  A  crushing  blow  had  come  to  them  in  the  loss 
at  sea  of  their  much  loved  and  promising  son,  Paul  Dudley, 
at  the  age  of  twenty  years. 

It  was  a  few  years  after  the  revered  father  had  been  laid  in 
his  desired  resting-place  and  while  the  aged  mother  still 
lingered  in  the  isolation  of  utter  deafness  and  decrepitude, 
that  Dr.  and  Mrs.  Johnson  were  awakened  by  the  bursting  of  into  their  chamber,  and  it  was  with  difficulty  that  their 
six  children  were  rescued  before  their  pleasant  home  was  a 
mass  of  cinders.  This,  with  losses  that  occurred  at  sea  nearly 
the  same  time  left  them  almost  penniless,  but  so  thankful 
were  they  for  the  escape  of  the  family  that  their  children  do 
not  remember  ever  to  have  heard  the  event  alluded  to  but  in 
terms  of  gratitude. 

After  this  they  lived  several  years  in  Cherryfield,  and  then 
removed  to  Brewer,  on  the  Penobscot  River,  opposite  Bangor. 

Mrs.  Johnson  has  been  a  widow  for  the  last  thirty  years, 
living  alternately  in  the  families  of  her  children.     There  has 

I'aoe  scctnlcen 


Wife   of  Col.    Epes   Sargent 

(From  a  portrait  by  Sniibcrl) 

Page  eighteen 


been   something  peculiarly  distressing  in   the   circumstances 
which  have  attended  family  bereavements. 

The  first  sundering  of  the  household  band  was  in  the  death 
of  a  lovely  daughter.  Mary  Sargent  Johnson,  just  twenty 
years  of  age,  full  of  life  and  love  and  enthusiasm  in  the  religious 
life  on  which  she  had  just  entered,  who  died  while  with  an  aunt 
in  Sullivan  of  typhus  fever;  while  the  mother,  sister  and 
brothers  were  stricken  down  by  the  same  malignant  disease 
at  their  home  in  Brewer,  and  only  the  father  could  witness 
the  departure  of  his  beloved  child. 

On  the  4th  of  July,  1847,  the  husband  and  father  died 
suddenly  at  the  Massachusetts  Hospital  in  Boston,  where  it  was 
supposed  that  he  was  in  a  fair  way  to  recover  from  the  effects 
of  an  amputation,  which  had  been  some  weeks  previously 
successfully  performed. 

In  1850,  the  second  son,  Thomas  Saunders  Johnson,  died 
in  California  so  suddenly  that  the  same  mail  packet  brought 
at  once  his  letters,  written  in  high  health  and  spirits,  and  the 
tidings  of  his  death  by  cholera;  and  then  the  youngest,  born 
three  months  after  the  midnight  conflagration  above  men- 
tioned, of  whom  a  chronicler  of  those  days  says,  "  1st  lieut. 
Dudley  H.  Johnson,  17th  Maine  Volunteers,  as  promising  and 
gallant  a  young  officer  as  ever  drew  sword  in  defense  of  his 
country,  on  whose  altar  he  laid  his  life  while  bravely  leading 
his  company  in  a  charge  at  the  battle  of  Chancellorsville, 
May  3rd,  1863." 

All  these  were  heavy  blows,  wounds  which  no  earthly  power, 
not  even  the  progress  of  time  could  heal,  yet  the  mother  never 
was  heard  to  murmur  or  question  the  love  and  wisdom  of  her 

I'uyc  nini'Ifen 


Heavenly  Father.  Though  smitten  to  the  heart  her  bearing 
under  all  plainly  said,  "  I  know  in  whom  I  have  believed,  and 
am  persuaded  that  he  is  able  to  keep  that  which  I  have  com- 
mitted to  him  against  that  day." 

Once  only  when,  as  she  thought,  a  daughter  was  grieving 
immoderately  over  a  sad  bereavement,  the  anguish  that  could 
not  always  be  suppressed  burst  out  in  the  exclamation,  "  O 
my  child,  you  had  the  comfort  of  seeing  your  child  die  in  your 
arms,  but  even  this  has  always  been  denied  to  me." 

But  the  great  passion  of  her  life  was  to  impart,  and  most 
industriously  did  she  devote  the  years  of  her  widowhood  and 
old  age  to  whatever  might  promote  the  happiness  and  comfort 
of  others.  Her  letters  have  for  all  these  years  been  a  source  of 
comfort  and  pride  to  her  descendants,  and  her  exquisite  work- 
manship in  knitting,  netting  and  embroidery  has  enriched  and 
beautified  every  household  that  came  within  the  limits  of  her 
family  and  social  circle. 

Her  eldest  daughter,  Mrs.  Adams,  in  whose  pleasant  home 
she  passed  the  last  six  or  seven  years  says,  "  I  shall  never 
forget  how  strange  it  seemed  one  morning  about  two  months 
before  her  death,  when  I  went  into  her  room  and  found  her 
sitting  in  her  arm  chair  with  her  hands  folded. 

"  It  was  the  first  time  I  ever  saw  her  sitting  so.  She  was 
always  either  working  or  reading  or  kneeling  in  prayer.  How 
often  when  I  have  wished  to  speak  with  her,  I  have  waited 
almost  impatiently  for  her  to  finish  her  devotions.  '  A  widow 
indeed '  continuing  in  prayer  night  and  day.  '  You  will 
step  easily  across  the  river,  dear  mother,'  I  would  say  to 
myself,  '  for  he  that  is  washed  needeth  not  save  to  wash  his 

Page  twfniy 


I  have  record  of  but  seven  as  follows:  Thomas,  Joseph,  Brad- 
bury, Judith,  who  married  Winthrop  Sargent  (S3e  which  family 
lineage),  Abigail,  who  married  William  Dolliver,  May  14,  1759, 
she  died  in  1816,  Rebecca,  who  married  Capt.  James  Babson; 
and  Lydia,  who  married  James  Prentice. 

5.  The  Hon.  Thomas  Sanders,  as  he  was  termed,  was  the 
oldest  son  of  Thomas  and  Judith  Robinson  Sanders,  and  became 
a  distinguished  citizen.  He  married  about  1752, 1-ucy,  daughter 
of  one  of  the  most  noted  ministers  of  the  day.  Rev.  Thomas 
Smith,  of  Falmouth,  Me.,  and  died  January  10,  1774,  aged 
forty-five.  His  widow  became  the  second  wife  of  Rev.  Eli 
Forbes,  and  died  June  5,  1780,  aged  forty-eight.  She  lies 
buried  by  the  side  of  her  first  husband  and  her  gravestone  is 
inscribed  with  the  name  that  she  received  by  her  first  marriage, 
a  circumstance  which  tells  its  own  story.  Thomas  Sanders 
was  fitted  for  college  by  the  Rev.  Moses  Parsons,  of  Byfield, 
and  graduated  at  Harvard  in  1748.  It  is  not  known  that  his 
education  was  designed  to  fit  him  for  any  learned  profession, 
and  it  is  believed  that  his  life  was  chiefly  devoted  to  com- 
mercial pursuits.  He  was  representative,  from  1761  to  1770, 
inclusive,  and  afterwards  a  councillor.  He  resigned  his  seat 
at  the  Council  Board  in  June,  1773.  He  built,  though  not  in 
its  present  shape,  the  large  mansion  next  east  of  the  Unitarian 
Meeting-house,  where  he  resided  a  number  of  years.  His 
death  took  place  at  a  critical  political  period,  and  if  his  life 
had  been  spared  he  would  have  borne  without  doubt,  in  the 
events  which  followed,  the  conspicuous  part  for  which  his 
education,  patriotism  and  experience  in  public  affairs  so  well 
qualified  him.  His  pastor,  the  Rev.  Samuel  Chandler,  thus 
eulogizes  him  in  the  newspaper  of  the  day: 

{'aije  lliirty-lhree 


"  Exalted  sentiments  of  generosity,  humanity,  piety, 
probity,  and  public  spirit,  animated  his  soul  with  many  noble 
resolves,  and  prompted  him  to  vigorous  exertions  in  public 
and  private  life.  With  an  uncorrupt  and  truly  patriotic  spirit, 
he  served  the  town  several  years  as  representative,  and  for 
several  years  had  a  seat  at  the  Council  Board,  in  which  political 
spheres  a  laudable  ambition  of  being  extensively  useful  engaged 
the  liberal  movements  of  his  soul  in  assiduous  efforts  to  be  a 
guardian  to  the  civil  Constitution,  for  which  he  had  a  tender 
solicitude.  Loyalty,  virtue  and  public  spirit  bloomed  in  his 
mind,  and  merited  approbation;  till  the  springs  began  to  fail; 
until  infirmities  brought  on  a  relaxation  of  nature  and  a  languor 
of  spirit  which  caused  him  to  resign  his  public  posts  and  retire. 
In  the  uneven  traces  of  life  he  exemplified  the  grace  of  patience 
and  preserved  a  calm  and  harmony  within  himself.  Christian 
fortitude  encircled  his  soul  in  variegated  trials  and  he  viewed 
the  approach  of  death  with  Christian  confidence,  and  is  doubt- 
less gone  to  rest  in  an  unchangeable  state  of  everlasting  bliss." 

Of  the  twelve  children  of  Hon.  Thomas  Sanders,  son  of  the 
second  Thomas,  born  August  14,  1729,  eight  at  least  appear  to 
have  been  living  when  he  died  in  1774.  Five  of  these  were 
daughters,  all  of  whom  were  married.  Lucy,  married  Col. 
Paul  Dudley  Sargent  with  whom  in  1788  she  removed  to 
Sullivan,  Maine,  and  died  quite  aged  and  in  a  "  state  of  utter 
deafness  and  decrepitude  "  as  stated  by  a  descendant.  This 
latter,  a  great  granddaughter  errs  in  saying  that  she  was 
daughter  of  Thomas  Sanders  of  Salem,  but  states  correctly 
that  she  was  daughter  of  Lucy  (Smith)  Sanders.  Several  of 
her  descendants  named  Adams  live  in  Weathersfield,  Conn., 

Pddc  Ihirty-four 

__     COLONEL    PA   U  L    DUDLEY    SARGENT 

and  two  are  in  business  in  Boston.  Julia,  the  daughter  of 
Paul  Dudley  and  Lucy  Sanders  Sargent,  married  Dr.  A. 
Johnson,  of  Sullivan,  Me.,  and  died  June  30,  1877,  aged  ninety- 
two  years.  The  daughter,  Judith,  married  Thomas  Sanders, 
the  schoolmaster  previously  spoken  of;  Harriet  married  Peter 
Dolliver;  Sarah,  married  Thomas  Augustus  Vernon,  a  merchant 
of  St.  Petersburg,  Russia,  and  Mary,  married  Erasmus  Babbitt, 
a  lawyer  of  Sturbridge,  Mass.  The  latter  had  a  daughter 
who  was  the  mother  of  Charlotte  Cushman,  the  distinguished 
actress.  Of  the  five  sons  of  Hon.  Thomas  Sanders  only  two 
lived  to  marry.  Thomas,  born  March  26,  1759,  was  sent  to 
Byfield  to  the  celebrated  Academy  there,  to  be  fitted  for 
college,  but  left  on  the  death  of  his  father  and  entered  the  count- 
ing room  of  Mr.  Derby,  of  Salem,  a  distinguished  East  India 
merchant.  He  finally  became  a  merchant  himself  and  carried 
on  his  business  with  such  success  that  at  his  death,  June  5, 
1844,  he  left  a  large  fortune  to  his  wife  and  children.  His  wife, 
Elizabeth  Elkins,  to  whom  he  was  married  in  1782,  was  an 
authoress  and  a  lady  of  admirable  qualities  of  heart  and  mind. 
She  died  February  18,  1851,  in  her  eighty-ninth  year.  Their 
oldest  son,  Charles,  was  born  May  2,  1783,  graduated  at  Har- 
vard, and  died  April  7,  1864,  leaving  no  children  but  deser\/ing 
special  remembrance  for  his  liberal  bequest  to  the  cause  of 
temperance  in  the  home  of  his  ancestors.  A  clause  in  his  will 
reads  thus: 

"  Believing  as  I  do  that  drunkenness  is  a  crime,  and  likewise 
the  origin  of  a  large  portion  of  the  crimes,  vices  and  misery 
which  exists  among  us  I  am  desirous  to  do  all  in  my  power  for 
its  prevention  and  cure  by  establishing,  in  Gloucester,  the  home 

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of  my  ancestors,  and  in  Cambridge,  my  present  place  of  resi- 
dence, a  permanent  salary,  to  be  paid  to  some  worthy  man 
in  each  place,  who  has  the  discretion  and  zeal  for  the  cause,  to 
be  constantly  employed  as  a  missionary  in  the  cause  of  temper- 
ance in  reforming  old  drunkards  and  preventing  young  drunk- 
ards and  abolishing  as  far  as  possible  the  use  of  all  intoxicating 
articles.  I  therefore  give  and  bequeath,  to  the  town  of  Glou- 
cester, the  sum  of  ten  thousand  dollars,  to  be  held  as  permanent 
funds,  the  interest  of  which  shall  be  paid  quarterly,  as  salaries 
to  those  persons  employed  for  the  above-named  purpose,  in 
these  places  so  long  as  the  vice  of  drunkneness  continues." 

Besides  this  son,  Mr.  Thomas  Sanders,  of  Salem,  left  a 
son,  George  T.,  a  daughter,  Catherine,  wife  of  Dudley  L. 
Pickman;  a  daughter,  Mary  Elizabeth,  wife  of  Hon.  Leverett 
Saltonstall,  and  a  daughter,  Caroline,  wife  of  Nathaniel 

Joseph,  youngest  son  of  Hon.  Thomas  Sanders,  born 
November  22,  1772,  married,  according  to  the  Edgartown 
records,  Eliza  Allen,  November  18,  1801.  He  became  a  sea- 
faring man  and  was  for  some  time  a  naval  officer,  serving  as 
lieutenant  on  board  the  United  States  frigate  "  Constitution." 
He  died  July  13,  1804,  aged  thirty-two.  His  widow  took  for 
her  second  husband,  October  10,  1805,  Joseph  Kendrick,  of 

The  house  built  by  Hon.  Thomas  Sanders  on  Middle  Street, 
in  1764  and  still  standing,  together  with  four  acres  of  land  and 
orchard,  were  sold  after  his  death  to  John  Beach  for  1,050 

5.  Joseph,  son  of  the  second  Thomas  and  brother  to  the 
Hon.  Thomas,  was  born  April  9,  1737,  married  Anna  Stevens, 

J'(iO<'  Ihirly-scrcn 

COLONEL    PA   U  L    DUDLEY    S  A  RG  E  N  T 

May  12,  1760,  but  their  wedded  life  was  of  short  duration. 
Rev.  Mr.  Chandler  records  in  his  journal:  "  December  10, 
1761.  In  the  evening  about  nine  o'clock,  was  sent  for  to  see 
Joseph  Sanders;  talked  with  him  some  time  and  prayed; 
after  which  he  fell  into  a  delirium;  to  a  high  degree  distracted; 
it  took  six  men  to  hold  him  in  bed.  I  came  home  about  ten 
o'clock  in  the  morning;"  and  again,  "  December  23,  I  was 
called  up  early  to  see  Joseph  Sanders;  found  him  dying;  he 
died  about  8  o'clock."  His  widow  married  Dr.  Samuel  Plum- 
mer,  November  19,  1763.  His  only  child,  Joseph  became  a 
shipmaster,  and  died  in  Boston  about  January  7,  1830,  aged 
seventy,  leaving  a  daughter,  Nancy  Olive,  wife  of  William 

5.  Bradbury,  third  and  youngest  son  of  the  second  Thomas, 
born  August  23,  1742,  became  a  shipmaster  and  merchant. 
He  was  a  patriot  of  the  Revolution  and  took  an  active  part 
in  the  repulse  of  Linzee,  in  1775.  The  date  of  his  death  is  not 
known  but  it  is  certain  that  he  was  dead  in  1783.  His  wife 
was  Anna,  daughter  of  Capt.  James  Babson.  His  daughter, 
Anna,  married  her  cousin,  Capt.  Joseph  Sanders;  another, 
Abigail,  married  Captain  William  Hutchings,  and  another, 
Mary,  married  Capt.  Daniel  Rogers.  He  had  a  son,  Bradbury, 
whose  career  is  not  given.  He  married  Judith,  daughter  of 
Col.  Joseph  Foster,  who,  in  company  with  Miss  Clementine 
Beach,  conducted  a  popular  boarding  school  for  young  ladies, 
in  Dorchester  in  the  early  part  of  this  century.  Capt.  Bradbury 
Sanders  probably  built  and  certainly  occupied  the  large  gam- 
brel-roofed  house  at  Rose-Bank,  still  standing,  though  not  on 
its  original  site.     In  the  "  chamber  over  the  sitting  room  " 

Page  Ihirly-cight 

COLO  N  EL    PAUL    DUDLEY    S  A  RG  E  N  T 

there  were,  at  his  death,  "  calimancoes,  green  broadcloth, 
scarlet  broadcloth,  shallon,  calico,  handkerchiefs,  gloves,  cam- 
bric, sewing-silk,  pins,  needles,  &  c,"  all  valued  at  149  pounds 
and  indicating  that  here  was  kept  a  hundred  years  ago  one  of 
the  dry  goods  shops  of  the  town. 

TOMB    OF   (()I,<)M;i.    I'Al  I.    1)1  I)I,I:Y    SARGENT 
At   Sullivan,    Maine 

f'agp  Utirtij-nine 


The  accompanying  sketch,  from  the  pen  of 
Charles  Sprague  Sargent,  was  written  since  we  went 
to  press,  and  it  seems  to  fit  in  so  well  with  the  few 
facts  already  noted,  that  I  feel  you  should  read  his 
little  brief  upon  the  Sargent  Family.  Both  Pro- 
fessor Sargent  and  his  cousin,  John  Singer  Sargent, 
have  inherited  their  virtues  and  powers  and  carried 
the  name  of  Sargent  further  than  any  of  their 
ancestors,  which  lends  interest  to  his  short  story. 

Pnoe  forty 



William  Sargent,  who  came  from  England  to  Gloucester, 
probably  near  the  middle  of  the  Seventeenth  Century,  is  the 
first  of  the  family  of  whom  we  have  record.  He  soon  left 
Gloucester,  but  was  followed  by  a  son,  also  named  William. 
To  him  was  granted  two  acres  of  land  on  Eastern  Point  in  1678, 
the  year  in  which  he  married  Mary  Duncan  of  Gloucester. 
Sixteen  children  were  born  of  this  marriage,  but  of  the  sons, 
only  the  fifth,  Epes,  left  descendants. 

Little  is  known  of  the  first  and  second  generations  of  the 
family;  and  any  really  authentic  account  of  the  Gloucester 
Sargents  must  start  with  Epes  of  the  third  generation,  from 
whom  they  are  all  descended.  He  was  born  in  Gloucester  in 
1690  and  became,  like  several  of  his  descendants,  a  prosperous 
and  highly  respected  merchant.  After  the  death  of  his  first 
wife  in  1743,  he  moved  to  Salem,  Mass.,  where  he  died  nineteen 
years  later.  Fifteen  children  were  born  to  Epes  Sargent.  Of 
his  eight  sons,  four  only  left  descendants.  The  oldest  of  these 
four  sons,  the  second  Epes  (1721-1779),  was,  up  to  the  time  of 
the  Revolution,  a  successful  merchant  and  ship  owner.  His 
interest  in  John  Murray,  the  Universalist  clergyman,  who  was 
induced  to  come  to  Gloucester  by  him  and  his  brother  Win- 
throp,  brought  religious  persecution  on  the  Sargents,  and  Epes 

I'tiyp   forty-otie 

COLO  N  EL    PA   U  L    DUDLEY    S  A  RGE  N  T 

Sargent  further  suffered  and  was  finally  ruined  financially 
by  his  loyalty  to  the  Mother  Country  at  the  breaking  out  of 
the  Revolution.  The  best  known  descendants  of  the  second 
Epes  Sargent  were  his  great  grandsons,  John  Osborne  Sargent 
(1811-1891,  Harvard  1830),  classical  scholar,  lawyer,  editor, 
Overseer  of  Harvard  College  and  an  early  President  of  the 
Harvard  Club  of  New  York,  and  his  brother  Epes  (1813-1880), 
the  industrious  and  successful  author,  editor  and  compiler. 
His  Sargent's  Standard  Speaker  is  remembered  by  many  men 
who  were  boys  fifty  or  sixty  years  ago.  Boston  men,  who  were 
boys  in  the  fifties  and  sixties  of  the  last  century  remember, 
too,  another  of  the  great  grandsons  of  Epes  Sargent,  Jr.,  the 
famous  schoolmaster,  Epes  Sargent  Dixwell  (1807-1899,  Har- 
vard 1827),  headmaster  of  the  Boston  Latin  School  and  later 
of  a  popular  and  successful  private  school  for  boys. 

.  Winthrop  Sargent  (1727-1793),  the  fifth  child  of  the  first 
Epes,  was  an  officer  in  1743  on  a  sloop  of  war  at  the  taking  of 
Louisburg  and  Cape  Breton.  In  spite  of  his  activity  in  intro- 
ducing Universalism  into  Gloucester,  he  became  the  most 
influential  and  respected  citizen  of  the  town.  He  was  a  member 
of  the  Committee  of  Public  Safety  during  the  Revolution,  a 
member  of  the  Convention  for  Forming  the  State  Constitution 
of  1779,  and  a  member  of  the  General  Court  in  1788.  The  first 
church  devoted  to  the  spread  of  the  Universalist  belief  was 
built  in  the  garden  of  Winthrop  Sargent's  home  in  Gloucester, 
His  oldest  child,  Judith  (1751-1820),  married  for  her  second 
husband  John  Murray,  who  had  brought  the  Universalist  creed 
from  England  to  America  and  had  received  encouragement 
and  substantial  help  from  the  Sargent  family.    Mrs.  Murray 

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is  perhaps  better  remembered  by  two  beautiful  portraits, 
one  by  Copley,  painted  probably  at  the  time  of  her  first  mar- 
riage, when  she  was  only  eighteen  years  old,  and  the  other  by 
Stuart,  painted  in  the  first  years  of  the  nineteenth  century, 
than  she  is  remembered  by  the  products  of  her  industrious 
pen,  which  are  now  as  well  forgotten  as  remembered. 

Winthrop  Sargent's  oldest  son,  Winthrop  (1753-1820, 
Harvard  1771),  served  with  distinction  through  the  Revolu- 
tionary War,  obtaining  the  rank  of  Major.  After  the  war, 
he  was  one  of  the  organizers  of  the  New  Ohio  Co.,  and  became 
its  Surveyor-General.  On  the  organization  of  the  Northwest 
Territory  he  was  appointed  its  Secretary.  He  served  with 
distinction  as  Adjutant-General  in  Saint  Clair's  disastrous 
campaign  against  the  Indians,  and  was  wounded  in  the  battle 
of  the  Miami  Village.  When  the  Mississippi  Territory  was 
organized,  Winthrop  Sargent  was  appointed  by  President 
Adams  its  first  Governor,  and  arrived  in  Natchez  in  W^.  '  I'l^ 
When  Adams  was  succeeded  by  Jefferson,  the  Governor  was 
removed  from  office  and  Winthrop  Sargent  became  a  successful 
cotton  planter  and  continued  to  live  in  Natchez  until  the  time 
of  his  death.  His  mansion  at  Natchez,  to  which  he  gave  the 
name  of  Gloster  Place,  was  occupied  by  his  descendants  until 
1880  and  is  still  standing.  The  most  distinguished  of  Gover- 
nor Sargent's  descendants  was  his  grandson,  another  Winthrop 
Sargent  (1825-1870,  Harvard  Law  School  1847),  a  man  of 
letters,  best  known  by  his  Lije  of  Major  Andre  and  his  Account 
of  Braddock's  Defeat.  A  granddaughter  of  the  Governor  was 
one  of  the  famous  beauties  of  her  day,  and  as  famous  for  her 
wit  as  for  her  beauty;    and  it  is  interesting  that  one  of  his 

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great  granddaughters  was  the  first  woman  elected  a  member 
of  the  London  City  Council. 

Fitzwilliam  (1768-1822),  the  youngest  son  of  Winthrop, 
son  of  the  first  Epes,  was  also  a  successful  ship  owner  and 
merchant  in  Gloucester.  His  oldest  son  Winthrop  (1792-1874), 
moved  to  Philadelphia,  where  he  has  been  succeeded  by  four 
generations  of  Winthrop  Sargents  in  direct  descent.  A  son  of 
Winthrop  and  a  grandson  of  Fitzwilliam,  Dr.  Fitzwilliam 
Sargent  (1820-1889)  married,  in  1850,  Mary  Newbold  Singer 
(1826-1906),  of  Philadelphia.  From  this  marriage  was  born 
in  Florence,  Italy,  on  January  12,  1856,  John  Singer  Sargent, 
-""wRiD,  in  the  passage  of  time  the  world  will  hold  to  be  one  of  the 
most  distinguished  men  of  American  descent. 

The  seventh  child  of  Epes  Sargent,  Daniel  (1731-1805), 
was  the  greatest  merchant  of  a  family  which  has  produced  many 
successful  men  of  affairs.  He  married  in  1763,  Mary,  the 
beautiful  daughter  of  John  Turner,  a  Salem  merchant,  the  third 
owner  of  that  name  of  the  house  in  which  his  daughter  Mary 
was  born,  made  famous  by  Hawthorne  as  "  The  House  of  the 
Seven  Gables."  Later  Daniel  Sargent  moved  to  Boston  and 
lived  and  died  in  a  splendid  house  surrounded  by  a  large 
garden,  at  the  corner  of  what  are  now  Essex  and  Lincoln 
Streets.  Nearly  all  the  Boston  Sargents  are  descended  from 
Daniel  Sargent  and  Mary  Turner,  who  had  seven  children. 
Their  second  son,  Ignatius,  was  the  grandfather  of  Charles 
Sprague  Sargent  (1841-  .  Harvard  College  1862).  Henry 
(1776-1845),  their  fourth  son,  was  an  artist  of  distinction  who 
painted  several  portraits  of  members  of  the  family  and  is  best 
known  by  his  picture  of  the  Landing  of  the  Pilgrims,  now  at 

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Plymouth.  The  artistic  taste  of  this  branch  of  the  Boston 
Sargents  was  shown  in  Wodenethe  on  the  Hudson  River,  in 
what  is  now  Beacon,  the  country  home  of  the  sons(  of  Henry 
Sargent.  Henry  Winthrop  (1810  1882)  Harvard  1^30,  and  in 
its  day  one  of  the  most  beautiful  gardens  in  the  United  States. 
I>ucius  Manlius  Sargent  (1786-1867),  the  youngest  son  of 
Daniel  Sargent,  is  the  best  known  of  his  children.  An  excellent 
classical  scholar,  although  troubles  at  the  college  in  the  "  days 
of  hard  cider  and  pewter  platters,"  led  to  a  rebellion  over  the 
"  Commons  "  and  prevented  Sargent  from  graduating  with 
his  Harvard  Class  of  1804.  He  was  an  easy,  voluminous  and 
tireless  writer  and  is  now  best  remembered  by  his  "  Dealings 
with  the  Dead,"  in  which  he  gathered  a  series  of  articles  written 
for  the  press,  and  filled  with  interesting  information  about 
old  Boston  and  its  inhabitants.  Lucius  Manlius  Sargent  was 
one  of  the  most  industrious  speakers  and  writers  in  the  cause 
of  temperance  and  his  "  Tempcravce  Tales  "  passed  through 
many  editions,  and  in  their  day  had  great  influence.  The  two 
sons  of  Lucius  Manlius  Sargent  served  with  distinction  in  the 
Civil  War  and  the  younger  who  bore  his  name  was  killed  in 

Paul  Dudley  Sargent  (1745-1827),  a  son  of  Epes  Sargent 
by  his  second  wife,  was  the  most  distinguished  soldier  of  the 
Sargent  Family  Marching  from  Amherst,  New  Hampshire, 
to  Concord, ^with  a  company  of  volunteers,  he  only  arrived 
after  the  fight  was  over.  P^^^^^Lsn,  he  wassfightly  wounded. 
He  was  at  one  time  an  aide-de-camp  of  Washington,  in  company 
with  Lafayette,  with  whom  he  formed  a  lasting  friendship; 
he  later  commanded  two  Massachusetts  regiments  and  entered 

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Boston  at  the  head  of  his  regiment  after  the  evacuation  by  the 
British.  After  the  war  Colonel  Sargent  was  unsuccessful  in 
business  and  moved  to  Sullivan,  Maine,  where  he  Hes  under  a 
monument  erected  in  his  memory  on  the  shores  of  Frenchman's 
Bay.  Many  of  his  descendants  are  living  in  the  state  of  his 

Portraits  of  many  members  of  the  Sargent  Family  and  a 
collection  of  books  which  they  have  written  can  be  seen  in  the 
beautiful  house  at  Gloucester,  built  about  1767  by  Winthrop 
Sargent,  the  son  of  Epes,  for  his  daughter  Judith,  in  which  she 
and  John  Murray,  and  later  the  author  of  "  Fair  Harvard  " 
lived  and  now  preserved  as  a  memorial  of  the  Sargent  Family. 

Holm  Lea  "  Brookline,  Mass. 

November  15,  1920. 

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